How to Do Comparative Religion?: Three Ways, Many Goals

How to Do Comparative Religion?: Three Ways, Many Goals

by Rene Gothoni
     
 

Well-known scholars in the study of religions bring up to date and elucidate the discussion on the three most debated approaches in comparative religion, namely, the hermeneutical approach, the explanatory or cognitivist approach, and the critical approach. The

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Well-known scholars in the study of religions bring up to date and elucidate the discussion on the three most debated approaches in comparative religion, namely, the hermeneutical approach, the explanatory or cognitivist approach, and the critical approach. The approaches and methods of studying religion are disputed in an outspoken and challenging way, critically and radically arguing pros and cons. This work is unique, unrivalled, and full of essential insights into the dialogue of today and of the challenges of tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110185720
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Religion and Reason Series, #44
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Understanding religion
Introduction3
Major contributions of philosophical phenomenology and hermeneutics to the study of religion5
Phenomenolgy of religion : between 'given' and constructed29
"Going, going, gone" - or how I fail to gain hermeneutic understanding35
Phenomenology as a preliminary method45
Response49
Explaining religion
Introduction59
Beyond thick descriptions and interpretive sciences : explaining religious meaning65
The limits of explaining in religious studies83
Science/religion controversy - are the grounds of naturalism still valid for their confrontation?93
Understanding the other99
Response127
Critical approaches in the comparative study of religion
Introduction143
Methodology - tool or trap? : comments from a feminist perspective149
Research and sexual difference167
When is methodology a trap?173
Skyhooks and toeholds in the study of religion177
Response187
Religion and relations : the social dimension of methodological argumentation193

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